July 27, 2009
Gorilla Numbers Continue To Decline

Gorilla habitats continue to shrink and hunters kill them too.

Despite all the film footage, fieldwork and fund-raising, and the efforts of park rangers and conservation NGOs, the number of gorillas continues to plummet. Hunting, logging, mining and disease are taking a terrible toll on the greatest of the great apes, and if things continue as they are, they may be reduced to nothing more than a series of small, highly vulnerable populations within decades.

Aren't 6.6 billion people enough? We can't we leave room for other mammalian species to survive?

Peter Walsh thinks that organizations (e.g. the UN) who advocate for eco-tourism to save the gorillas are dreaming.

"If you try to make saving gorillas a development issue, then you will fail," says Peter Walsh, a leading authority on the abundance and distribution of gorillas. "Any action must focus on protecting the gorillas." Nor is tourism the panacea African governments and potential donors think. "The idea that tourism alone can pay for conservation is a pipe dream," Walsh says. With gorilla numbers falling so fast, it is time to take tough decisions, he argues.

Gorillas (and a number of other species) can't survive unless much larger areas are made into parks with well-enforced boundaries to preserve wild habitats.

A modest proposal to reduce the human population pressures in Africa: bring in free TV with soap operas to change female expectations about when to make babies. Worked (inadvertently) in Brazil.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 July 27 11:09 PM  Trends Habitat Loss

Gorilla said at July 27, 2009 11:15 PM:

"Aren't 6.6 billion people enough? We can't we leave room for other mammalian species to survive?"

That's pretty rich coming from a guy who's apparent goal in life is.......to live as long as possible and achieve immortality....or something.

If you're so committed to leaving room for other mammals, you can start by killing yourself.

You self-righteous hypocritical windbag.

Randall Parker said at July 27, 2009 11:23 PM:

Hi "Gorilla",

Hint: I'm not the least persuaded by commenters who try to pose as morally superior.

So what do you think should be done (if anything) to save the gorillas? Got a plan that'll work?

You think I should die so that other people can have babies? Why should I do that? I'm already here.

I'm arguing that the living should have rights over the not-yet-existing. You oppose this idea? If so, why?

Billy Oblivion said at July 28, 2009 10:26 AM:


Figure out how to make the land economically productive, buy the land and execute your plan.

Capitalism is a tool learn how to use it to get what you want.

Macbeth said at July 28, 2009 2:25 PM:

Are cows going to to extinct any time soon? How about dogs?

If you want gorillas to survive then find a way to either farm them or make them into pets. Then people will take care of them.

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